Argumenty i Fakty

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Russian: Аргументы и Факты
Founder(s) Russian: 3нание
Founded 1 January 1978; 36 years ago (1978-01-01)
Language Russian
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Circulation 2,750,000 (February 2008)
Official website

Argumenty i Fakty (Russian: Аргументы и факты, commonly abbreviated "АиФ" and translated as Arguments and Facts)[1] is a weekly newspaper based in Moscow and a publishing house in Russia and worldwide. As of 2008, it was owned by Promsvyazbank and the newspaper is edited by Nikolay Zyatkov.[2]

On March 7, 2014 it was bought by the Government of Moscow.[3]


It was founded in 1978 by the Russian organisation "Knowledge" («3нание»). In 1980 AiF was transformed into a weekly but was available only by subscription. After 1985, it was one of the leading publications in the Glasnost campaign.[citation needed] AiF was listed in the Guinness Book of Records with the largest circulation of any weekly publication.[4] In 1990 it had a print run of 33.5 million. As of 2008, the circulation was about 3 million copies, with about 8 million readers.[2] More specifically its February 2008 circulation was 2,750,000.[5]


  1. ^ Andrei G. Richter (1995). "The Russian Press after Perestroika". Canadian Journal of Communication 20 (1). Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Alexei Bessudnov, "Media Map" (183–189), Index on Censorship, Volume 37, Number 1, 2008, p. 185.
  3. ^ "Московское правительство купило "Аргументы и факты"". 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "ИД "АиФ": About "Argumenty I Fakty"". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Main papers". BBC. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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